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    Kidlington -Morris Hangar?

    Record Site Plan 1110/45 for Kidlington identifies Building 65 as "Morris" Hangar to drawings 8354/37 and 1839/38. The site is still occupied but is probably not the original structure.

    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=51.83....9&r=0&src=msl

    Given the proximity of the airfield to Oxford city it is likely that the term Morris relates to use or ownership rather than hangar type.

    What can you tell me?
    Last edited by Richard Flagg; 18-07-2012 at 00:56.

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    Taken from the BBC website here;
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/o...re/8205130.stm

    'London' airport name change row


    The airport has no direct transport links to London

    A row has started over Oxford Airport which changed its name to London Oxford Airport despite being about 60 miles away from the capital.

    The airport in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, said it hoped the rebranding would raise its international profile.

    Tony Joyce, of Oxford Civic Society, said: "I think it's absurd. Changing the name will only mislead people."

    However, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce said it was a "good idea" which could benefit the whole region.

    'Orbital airports'

    Claire Prosser, policy executive from the chamber, said: "Oxford and Oxfordshire is a place in its own right but you're linking tourism and business and it's an excellent business opportunity.

    "We appreciate most orbital London airports are never that close, this shouldn't be that different."


    Distance to London Airports
    London City nine miles (15km)
    London Heathrow 18 miles (29km)
    London Gatwick 30 miles (48km)
    London Luton 34 miles (55km)
    London Stansted 38 miles (61km)
    London Southend 43 miles (69km)
    London Oxford 62 miles (100km)
    London Ashford 73 miles (117km)
    Source: Google Maps - shortest route starting from Parliament Square

    London Gatwick Airport is up to 30 miles from Parliament Square and London Luton is about 34 miles away, according to Google Maps.

    Mr Joyce said the difference between those airports and London Oxford, was the latter had no direct transport links to the capital.

    But even further from the capital than the Oxford airport, and with no direct transport links, is London Ashford Airport at Lydd in Kent. It is 73 miles from Parliament Square.

    Ms Prosser said she hoped the name change would attract more passengers and in turn encourage better onward transport links to the Kiddlington-based airport in the future.

    Airport spokesman James Godfrey said there were already plans for Chiltern Railways to call at south Kidlington at a new station due to be built at Water Eaton Parkway in 2013.

    He said currently Hanborough was the nearest railway station, which was a five-minute drive away near Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire.

    Mr Godfrey said transport links were not an issue as the airport exclusively served business passengers, many of whom had drivers to collect them.

    He said the airport received about 10 foreign aircraft per day and hoped the rebrand would increase passenger numbers, but he had no reliable way of measuring how successful the rebrand was.

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    And people complain that Ryanair use airports nowhere near the cities quoted!

    I always thought that it was odd that Gravesend was known as London (East) before the war but it would be one of the closer ones!

    Great idea though mybe our friends in the west should consider it?

    LONDON, NEWQUAY

    Has a ring to it

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    ....now, funny you should say that PNK, I was just having a similar thought but you beat me to it...........how I laughed!!

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    Great pic OEB. It's changed a bit since then but still quite a way from London, or has it moved?

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    Well not unless they extended the runways east as well as north

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    With reference to my Post # 1 in this thread, I queried a 'Morris' hangar at Kidlington.

    I have now seen in two independent histories the use of the name 'Horace hangar (Qty 1).

    Morris on the RSP and Horace by authors. Any connection? Was there ever a Horace hangar?

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    I'll wager it was once spelled Horris

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    Or maybe Kidlington wanted to try this:

    Rarely used are these ancient and musty Federal statutes because most murders occur within the jurisdiction of a State, most murderers are executed by the people of a State. But last week under them 120,000,000 people—everybody in the U. S.—joined together in their might and majesty and put to death a Federal murderer near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It was grim business. On Aug. 7, 1927, James Horace Alderman, fond of being called "King of the Rum Runners," was navigating his liquor-laden craft some 35 miles off the Florida east coast when overhauled by Coast Guard Cutter No. 249. "King" Alderman, a begrizzled, bespectacled salt of 48, was removed to the cutter. Suddenly he whipped out a hidden revolver, became captor instead of captive, lined the crew along the rail. He debated three plans: 1) to make the guardsmen walk the plank; 2) to fire his own boat and set them adrift in it; 3) to scuttle the cutter with all hands aboard. With himself he debated too long, for the guardsmen rushed him while he pondered. His gun cracked spitefully. Three men dropped to the deck dead—Guardsmen Sidney Sanderlin and Victor A. Lamby, U. S. Secret Service Agent Robert K. Webster.

    Returned to Florida in chains, piratical Alderman was tried under Sections 272, 273, 275 of the U. S. Criminal Code. In the name of the people of the U. S. in January 1928 he was convicted of murder on the high seas, sentenced by U. S. District Judge Henry D. Clayton to "be hanged by the neck until dead—dead—dead." Vainly did Alderman carry his case to the Supreme Court of the U. S., to President Hoover for clemency.

    Utterly unprepared was the U. S. to impose the death penalty. Its agents first attempted to borrow the jail of Broward County for the execution, were chased away by the County Commissioners, who insisted a U. S. hanging should occur on U. S. property. So a great gallows was erected within the gaunt metal hangar of the U. S. Coast Guard station near Fort Lauderdale. Thither was escorted Alderman, full of repentance and new-found "religion." Greatest secrecy surrounded the execution. Newsmen were barred under threats of contempt of court. Guardsmen, pale in the pale dawn light, ringed the hangar as Alderman mounted the scaffold. A singing sea breeze through the shed swayed his body at the end of a rope as justice was done for all good U. S. people.


    Or maybe it was only this:

    http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/n....jsp?id=m-6920

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